Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
School of Food and Agriculture
5722 Deering Hall, Room 115
Orono, ME 04469
Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1987
Research Topic: Cover crops, organic fertilizers, vegetable crops
Overview of Research: My research is focused on short-term nitrogen cycling and long-term soil quality changes as affected by crop rotations, particularly those including cover crops, as well as the efficacy of commercially available organic N fertilizers. Current research projects look at the timing of N availability with the application of a range of different sources of N approved for organic crop production in vegetable crops. I am looking at the relative rate of N availability as it is affected by the growing season temperature and light changes from early spring though late summer, as well as in greenhouse production in the fall and spring seasons.
Gardner, M. and M. Sarrantonio. 2012. Cover crop composition and density in a long-term vegetable cropping system trial. J. Sust. Ag. (in press)
Sarrantonio, M. 2011. The student farm and the sustainable agriculture major. In L. Sayre (ed.) Fields of Learning: the student farm movement in America. The University of Kentucky Press. pp.173-191.
Sarrantonio, M. 2008. Cover crops for fertility management on northeastern organic farms. Proc. U. New Hampshire Winter Organic Farming Conference, Manchester, NH. Feb 2, 2008
Sarrantonio, M. 2007. Selecting the best cover crops for your farm. pp.12-15. In Managing Cover Crops Profitably. Handbook Series Book 3, 3#rd Edition, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Washington, D.C.
Sarrantonio, M. 2007. Building soil fertility and tilth with cover crops. pp. 16-20. In Managing Cover Crops Profitably. Handbook Series Book 3, 3#rd Edition, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Washington, D.C.